Sammie Jean Shelton Goins


Sammie Jean Shelton Goins, 79, a resident of Cleveland and born in Decatur, passed away in the early morning of Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, in a local hospital with her daughter by her side. She went into the hospital two weeks before, after having a stroke.

She was a very loving and caring wife, sister, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a caregiver to her husband for over six years after an accident left him paralyzed in a wheelchair. She was devoted to caring for him and loved him more than life itself.

She was a Home Interior displayer for years. She helped women decorate their homes and was very good at it. She also worked as a receptionist at Jeffers Tax Service, which the late Wilma Jeffers owned and was her best friend for many years.

She was the daughter of the late Sam and Katie Shelton. She was preceded in death by her baby son, Raymond Keith Goins; her son, Richard Goins; her sisters, Evelyn Shelton Mooney and Ann Jo Shelton Pickens; and grandparents, John Joseph, Annie Belle Farris Shelton, Jake and Edna Moore.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond Goins; her daughter and son-in-law, Angie and Robbie DeFriece; her son and daughter-in-law, Mitchell and Ramona Goins; grandchildren, Ashley and Anthony Harris, Chanda and Kendall Herron, Chris and Ashley DeFriece, Chad and Cody Goins, Zack and Stacy Roberts; great-grandchildren, Kain Moffett, Stella Harris, Hailey Harris, Raine Harris, Kayla Herron, Makinley Herron, Tucker Herron, Bentley DeFriece, Madison Goins, Carolina Goins, Gwendolyn Roberts and Easton Roberts; her sister and brothers-in-law, Sue Shelton Higby and Bill, James R. Pickens; and several special nieces and nephews; and special friends, Janie Torbett and Mikel Peak.

Her family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, at Companion Funeral Home, with a Celebration of Life service to follow at 2 p.m.

She will be laid to rest following her service at Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery.

You are invited to share a personal memory at her online memorial at



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